SCR Additional Information survey for clinical staff v2

Closed 15 Mar 2019

Opened 25 Sep 2018

Feedback updated 18 Mar 2019

We asked

We asked Clinical staff for their opinions about the benefits associated with Summary Care Records Additional Information.

You said

In general respondents felt that there are benefits to be found from the Additional Information in Summary Care Records and encourage more of this information to be made available.

We did

The results of the survey have been made available and will be used by NHS Digital to increase awareness of the benefits of uploading and viewing SCR Additional Information.

Results updated 18 Mar 2019

This survey closed on 15th March 2019. Please see the attached report showing the results of the survey.



Summary Care Records (SCR)

The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff involved in the patient's direct care.

The SCR holds important information about:

  • Current medication
  • Allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
  • The name, address, date of birth and NHS number of the patient

Currently there are over 2.2 million patients who have consented to adding Additional Information to their SCR, this number is rising by more than 19,000 patients each week.

When present in the GP health record, SCRs with Additional Information can contain the following:

  • Significant medical history and procedures (past and present)
  • Reason for medication
  • Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long term conditions) 
  • Communication preferences (as per the SCCI1605 Accessible information national dataset)
  • End of life care information (as per the SCCI1580 Palliative Care Co-ordination national dataset)
  • Immunisations 
  • A section about Social and Personal Circumstances, which includes Additional Information relating to the Contact details for family, carers and healthcare professionals
  • NB Contacts including Next of kin and Historical Information including the Nominated Pharmacy are included as part of the Patient Demographic Information, not SCR or SCR Additional Information.

Why your views matter


The purpose of this survey is to assess the benefits and/or disadvantages of the Additional Information for staff who view Summary Care Records.

What happens next

In line with the provisions of the government’s Code of Practice on Consultations (available at, a summary report will be published within 12 weeks of the survey closing. Publication may be on this website, elsewhere online and/or in printed form. Within three months of a survey ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page. This may include quotes of comments, which however, will be non-attributable.

If appropriate, the summary will include a list of organisations that responded but not personal names, addresses or other contact details.

Note that unless we have asked for consent to contact you to discuss feedback, and you have provided that consent, we will not respond to comments on an individual basis.



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